: The police on Thursday arrested five persons in connection with the death of Sivappa Naik, 35, whose body was found in a pond at Mallapara, near Mullaria, on February 22.

The suspects were arrested by a special squad led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Mohan Chandran Nair following complaints of conspiracy in the death of Naik,, a resident of Mallampara Chamakochi, said police sources. The arrested were identified as Somasekharan, 26; M. Janardhanan, 28; M. Subbaraya, 38; Venkappa, 32; M. Seetharama, 32. They were remanded in judicial custody for two weeks, Adur Circle Inspector of Police A. Sunil Kumar said.